CHRIS DAMBOISE – Director, Training and Team Development

Chris brings an abundance of experience in the adventure field to bear on his leadership role within High 5. ”I love the way intentional adventure programming bring groups of people together in ways that otherwise would take years of time to reproduce.” Chris holds a degree in Recreation and Park Management with a specialty in Environmental Interpretation from the University of Maine. He previously worked at Project Adventure in a few different roles: Director of Credentialing Services & Technical Training and Director of  Challenge Course Design & Installation. The best part of working at High 5? “Collaborating with so many creative, passionate and mission-driven colleagues. They are amazing!”

Chris is also a course provider for the PCIA (Professional Climbing Instructors Association) and is a former council member of the Accreditation Council for AEE (Association for Experiential Education). He has authored/co-authored a number of publications including Adventure Education: Theory and Applications (2007), Knot Tying for the Challenge Course Practitioner (2011),  and Tinker: Building Purposeful Experiences From Classic Adventure Activities (2017).

In the field of adventure education for over 35 years, his other experience includes time as Adventure Director at a YMCA camp, Acadia Mountain Guides, the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and the Atlanta Outward Bound Center. Most of his formative years were spent as an outdoor educator with the University of Maine, Maine Bound programs. Chris lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, where he has access to all manner of outdoor terrain to muck about in. During time off he can often be found rock climbing, hiking or backcountry skiing.